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2 page resume

“Is the 2 page resume still in vogue?” “Is a 2 page resume too long?” “I have been working for 20 years, is 2 pages long enough?” I am very rarely asked this question because most of us have a sense of what a resume should look like. We have been writing resumes since we applied for our first part time job in high school and most of us have consistently used the same format over and over. When it comes time to update the resume, we pull the version used to land our last job, bolt on the most recent experience, and trim to fit. Most of us list the following and don’t give it a second thought:

• Contact info
• Objective statement / Mission
• Experience in chronological order
• Education
• Extra curricular activities, clubs, associations, continuing education

All of the above is pretty standard stuff. The reason for todays post is that I see a lot of resumes that list too much information in every listed category and this is causing our resume to be discarded by the hiring managers. Listing everything in the kitchen sink results in a 2-page resume when a single page is enough, 3 pages when a 2 pager is enough, etc. This is the wrong approach. With the new economy in mind, todays post answers the question we all wonder about, “Just how long should my resume be?”.

Is going after the MBA salary worth it? What is an MBA salary? To MBA or not to MBA, that is the question. I was recently asked by a good friend for advice on whether or not they should pursue a Masters / MBA in their field. This is a very smart guy, so of course I was […]

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